On The Mark: Friday Regional RoundupRoundup
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Among the multi-bid leagues, here is how each fared in Friday’s games. Remember that Ole Miss vs Saint Louis, Tennessee Tech vs Missouri State and Georgia vs Campbell were postponed until Saturday.
- Pac 12: 4-0 (4 teams)
- Atlantic Sun: 2-0 (2 teams)
- Sun Belt: 2-0 (2 teams)
- SEC: 7-1 (10 teams)
- Big 12: 4-1 (5 teams)
- ACC: 3-3 (6 teams)
- AAC: 2-2 (4 teams)
- CUSA: 1-1 (2 teams)
- Big 10: 1-3 (4 teams)
- OVC: 0-1 (2 teams)
- MVC: 0-1 (2 teams)
- CAA: 0-2 (2 teams)
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In the Stanford Regional, #1 Stanford 4, #4 Wright State 3 (13) – In another extra inning thriller, Stanford avoided the upset with a walkoff win. Freshman Christian Robinson laced a double into the right field corner to score Andrew Daschbach from first to end the game.
Tristan Beck started and logged 6.1 solid innings. Closer Jack Little stretched out to work 3.1 innings (50 pitches) of 1-hit ball. Jacob Palisch went 2.1 innings and then Brendan Beck worked a perfect thirteenth to get the win. Tim Tawa led Stanford with three hits. Wright State closer Jeremy Randolph was superb relieving working a season-high six scoreless innings of three-hit ball. In his seventh inning of relief work, the Cardinal finally got to him. Matt Morrow homered for Wright State and Zach Weatherford had two of their six hits.
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In the Corvallis Regional, #1 Oregon State 9, #4 Northwestern State 3 – Bryce Fehmel struck out nine in 6.2 innings while allowing just six hits and three runs, two earned to pick up the victory. Nick Madrigal went 3-5 with 4 RBI to pace the Beaver lineup. Kyle Nobach and Zak Taylor added a home run apiece. OSU advances to face LSU in a much-anticipated winners’ bracket game. Lenni Kunert had three of Northwestern State’s six hits including a home run. Sam Taylor also homered.
The OSU win pushes the Pac 12 to 3-0 Friday with Stanford tied with Wright State in the tenth inning, the last game remaining.
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In the Clemson Regional, #1 Clemson 4, #4 Morehead State 3 (10) – Clemson avoided upset in ten innings when Jordan Greene smacked a single to left to score Drew Wharton and end the game. Seth Beer hit his 21st home run and five Tiger pitchers held Morehead State to six hits. The Tigers now advance to face Vanderbilt in a nice matchup Saturday while MSU has the quick turnaround against St. John’s.
In Stanford, the #2 national seed Cardinal head to the ninth inning tied with #4 seed Wright State.
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Clemson is hoping to avoid being the third top seed to fall Friday. They are battling OVC Tournament champion Morehead State and the game is tied at 3 in 10 innings.
In the Austin Regional, #1 Texas 10, #4 Texas Southern 0 – Chase Shugart threw six innings of four-hit, shutout ball and Matteo Bocchi struck out six and allowed only one hit in his three innings in the Longhorns’ dominating victory. DJ Petrinsky had a pair of hits including a home run and 4 RBI’s to lead the offense. This sets up a much anticipated battle Saturday – yes, Indiana and Texas Southern finally play. While that promises to be something, the nightcap with Texas and Texas A&M should be electric.
Another top seed falls
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In the Tallahassee Regional, #4 Samford 7, Florida State 6 – Another top seed fell Friday as Florida State fell behind Samford 5-1, cut the lead to one but never could catch up. This is the second consecutive season Florida State has lost their opening game. Last season the Seminoles rallied to roll through the losers’ bracket and ended up in Omaha. They will have to start against #2 seed Mississippi State Saturday in an elimination game. Meanwhile, Samford moves into Saturday’s nightcap against Oklahoma. Austin Edens had three hits to lead Samford while Brooks Carlson had two hits and a homer to pace the Bulldogs. Samuel Strickland started and went 4.2 before Wyatt Burns logged the final 3.2 innings of one-hit ball to earn the save. FSU started Cole Sands and he left after 2.2 innings with shoulder tightness.
In the Chapel Hill Regional, #3 Houston 9, #2 Purdue 1 – Cougar starter Aaron Fletcher logged a complete game, four-hitter and did not allow an earned run in a 109 pitch effort. Lael Lockhart homered while Trey Bielamowicz, Joe Davis and Jared Triolo each smacked three hits in UofH’s 15 hit attack.
In the Lubbock Regional, #2 Louisville 13, #3 Kent State 6 – Louisville chased Kent State ace Joey Murray after one inning with seven hits and eight runs off him as the Cardinals opened up a 10-2 lead after two innings. Adam Wolf logged seven inning for Louisville to save their bullpen. Riley Thompson worked the final two scoreless. Logan Wyatt slammed a pair of home runs and Jake Snider had three hits. Pete Schuler had three hits including a home run for Kent State. Nick Eisen added a home run for the Flames who face New Mexico State Saturday.
In the Athens Regional, #3 Troy 6, #2 Duke 0 – Andrew Crain and Corey Childress combined to shut out Duke in soggy Athens where this was the lone game attempted. Childress worked the final six innings and collected nine punchouts in the process. Troy used a four run fourth to stake their claim to the victory. Matt Sanders had three hits and Joey Denison drove in four runs. Duke had seven hits, all singles.
In the Greenville Regional, #1 East Carolina 16, #4 UNC Wilmington 7 – ECU pounded out 17 hits as they scored 13 runs in the first five innings to cruise to a victory. Three ECU players had three hits each as Bryant Packard, Jake Washer and Connor Litton did the deed. Litton also homered and drove in four. Kep Brown went 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI for the visitors.
In the Deland Regional, #1 Stetson 8, #4 Hartford 3 – Stetson was in a tussle until the seventh and stretched it out at that point to set up a winners’ bracket game against Oklahoma State where ace Logan Gilbert awaits. Joey Gonzalez and Mitchell Senger combined to go the distance for Hatters. Brooks Wilson and Eric Foggo were the offensive leaders with two hits each. Hartford got three hits from Ashton Bardzell.
In the Fayetteville Regional, #2 Southern Miss 9, #3 DBU 0 – Nick Sandlin struck out ten in seven innings and allowed only four hits as he was too much for the Patriots. Obviously, USM didn’t know their offense would rough up the DBU arms or they might have held Sandlin for Saturday’s matchup with Arkansas. Hunter Slater and Cole Donaldson both had three hits and homered in the victory. Devlin Granberg had three hits for DBU.
In the Minneapolis Regional, #1 Minnesota 10, Canisius 1 – Minnesota got eight strong innings from Reggie Meyer as he allowed only five hits. Terrin Vavra and Toby Hansen each had three hits to lead the Gopher lineup. Cole McDevitt added a home run. John Conti had a pair of hits for Canisius. Minnesota now faces UCLA Saturday in an interesting cross-sectional matchup.
Army Shocks Pack
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Final out, for history! ?
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 2, 2018
In the Raleigh Regional, #4 Army 5, #1 NC State 1 – We have our first big upset as the Cadets shocked the host Wolfpack to advance to a Saturday showdown with Auburn. Army won despite being outhit by the Pack 9-7 but they took advantage of five walks and got some clutch hits. Army starter Tyler Giovinco was superb in his 6.1 innings. He got help from relievers Sam Messina and Cam Opp to close out the favored host. Evan Edwards and Will Wilson led NC State with three hits each but they failed to get the big hits as eight of their nine hits were singles. NC State faces Northeastern in the losers’ bracket Saturday.
In the Austin Regional, #3 Texas A&M 10, Indiana 3 – A&M’s John Doxakis picked up where he left off after a sparkling start in the SEC Tournament where he outdueled Auburn’s Casey Mize with another gem. Doxakis went six innings and allowed just one hit while striking out 12. The run he allowed was unearned and his offense jumped on Indiana for 14 hits – three each by Zach DeLoach and Logan Foster. This is the tougher half of the two wins needed for the grudge match in Austin late Saturday night with Texas who needs to beat Texas Southern.
In the Stanford Regional, #3 Cal State Fullerton 6, #2 Baylor 2 – The Titans received seven strong innings from starter Colton Eastman and two scoreless frames from Blake Workman to cool off the Big 12 Tournament champion Bears. Brett Bogorgno led the Titans with three hits and a pair of RBI’s. They held Baylor to five hits, two by Shea Langeliers. Fullerton moves toward a potential showdown with #2 overall seed and host Stanford who faces Wright State late tonight.
In the Gainesville Regional, #2 Jacksonville 5, FAU 3 – Jacksonville starter Chris Gau and reliever Trent Palmer combined to hold FAU to five hits as the Dolphins move into a Saturday showdown with Florida. Sam Armstrong and Cory Garrastazu each homered and Armstrong have three RBI’s.
In the Conway Regional, #1 Coastal Carolina 16, LIU-Brooklyn 1 – This was an ugly one as the Chants had back-to-back five run innings to coast to an easy opening win. Coastal held the visitors to just four hits as Anthony Veneziano went seven strong innings. Seth Lancaster hit his 20th home run of the year. Kieton Rivers and Kyle Skeels also homered.
‘Noles storm back
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Samford led FSU 6-1 as they went to the bottom of the fifth but FSU jumped on Bulldog ace Samuel Strickland for four runs to chase him. They are still batting but the game looks a lot more Seminole friendly at this point.
Meanwhile, in Raleigh NC State is batting in the bottom of the eighth trailing Army 5-1. This would be the first #4 over a #1 this season.
Playing What If
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In Raleigh, Army leads top seed NC State 4-0 in the sixth inning. Auburn held its ace Casey Mize in the opener for a showdown with a potent Wolfpack batting order. The move worked and the Tigers beat Northeastern. If Army hangs on, would Auburn coach Butch Thompson hold Mize another day and hope his hot offense and #3 starter Andrew Mitchell could handle Army’s lineup and #2 starter? Or do you just roll with Mize and make sure you get to Sunday undefeated?
It’s a fun hypothetical. NC State could rally and make this moot but if you are Auburn it is a nice problem to have.
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Assuming Texas A&M holds on, it leads Indiana big late, the SEC likely will take a 7-1 mark into Saturday since Ole Miss is rained out and Georgia likely is. The one loss was a bad one as Mississippi State fell apart in a 20-10 setback to Oklahoma. The Big 12 started 3-0 heading into the Baylor (in process) and Texas (later) games.
In the Fayetteville Regional, #1 Arkansas 10, #4 Oral Roberts 2 – The Hogs continued their strong offensive showing with a decisive opening victory over ORU. It was a 2-1 game into the sixth before the Razorbacks offense got to ORU starter Justin McGregor. Heston Kjerstad had a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs. Carson Shaddy and Jax Biggers also homered in the 14 hit outburst. Arkansas did start ace Blaine Knight against the dangerous #4 seed Golden Eagles and he logged eight innings of three-hit ball. Riley Keizor hit a pair of home runs (both solo) and Nick Rotola had a pair of hits out of the five ORU had.
In the Corvallis Regional, #2 LSU 6, #3 San Diego State 4 – LSU did its part to set up a rematch with top seed Oregon State. The teams met three times in Omaha last season with the Tigers taking the final two. Nick Bush started for LSU and gave them five strong innings. Devon Fontenot worked three quality frames but Todd Peterson notched the save with a perfect ninth. Nick Coomes had three of LSU’s nine hits. Zach Watson and Antoine Duplantis added two each. LSU will have Zack Hess, who is coming off his best start of the season in the SEC Tournament, ready to pitch game two against Oregon State – or Northwestern State should they pull the shocker.
The Oxford Regional has been washed out today. Friday’s games between Tennessee Tech versus Missouri State and Ole Miss versus Saint Louis slide to Saturday.
The Athens Regional is also getting heavy rain. #3 Troy leads #2 Duke 5-0 in the fifth inning. Play will resume at some point either tonight or Saturday. Georgia and Campbell are still awaiting their opportunity to take the field.
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In the Raleigh Regional, #2 Auburn 13, #3 Northeastern 4 – Auburn held its ace Casey Mize for a potential winners’ bracket game with NC State and the move paid off as starter freshman Tanner Burns went six strong innings and the Tiger lineup slugged 13 runs on 17 hits. Auburn had three different three run innings with Steven Williams going 4-4 with a home run. Edouard Julien also homered and had three hits and Brett Wright chipped in three hits. Charlie McConnell had three hits for Northeastern. Everyone awaits to see if Mize will face the potent Wolfpack lineup Saturday night. NC State faces Army in the nightcap Friday.
In the DeLand Regional, #3 Oklahoma State 9, #2 USF 2 – Oklahoma State made USF pay for holding ace Shane McClanahan for a potential showdown with host and top seed Stetson as they roughed up USF starter Peter Strzelecki for ten hits and five runs in 5.1 innings. The OSU duo of Reza Aleaziz and Carson Teel held the Bulls to seven hits and two runs. The Cowboys Christian Funk and Carson McCusker homered and Colin Simpson led the lineup with three hits. OSU outhit USF 15-7 to advance to the winners’ bracket and pushed the Big 12 to an impressive 3-0 early start.
In the Chapel Hill Regional, #1 North Carolina 11, #4 North Carolina A&T 0 – The opening round game went about as well as you could hope for Mike Fox’s Tar Heels. UNC scored five in the fourth to push out to a 7-0 lead and they cruised from there. Michael Busch homered and had two hits to pace the lineup. Kyle Datres and Ashton McGee also had two hits. Starter Cooper Criswell limited NC A&T to three hits over six innings. Greg White led the visitors with two of their five hits.
In the Minneapolis Regional, #2 UCLA 6, #3 Gonzaga 5 – Two West Coast teams were paired together in the Twin Cities and they put on a show. UCLA scored four in the bottom of the ninth to spurn the Zags’ upset bid. The Zags scored five runs despite just six hits – Branson Trube had a pair of them. UCLA’s ninth inning started with a hit by pitch and and pinch hit double by R.J. Teijeira. With one out, they scored a run on an infield hit by Kevin Kendall. Chase Strumpf singled and to score another run and then the game was tied on Toglia’s double. Pinch hitter Jake Pries flied to left to score Strumpf for the walkoff win.
In the Lubbock Regional, #1 Texas Tech 9, #4 New Mexico State 2 – The Red Raiders jumped out with three in the first and never looked back en route to an easy win over New Mexico State. Tech only outhit the Aggies 11-9 but made the most of their opportunities to move into the winners’ bracket. The host team used four pitchers with Ryan Shetter working five innings to get the win.
In the Greenville Regional, #2 South Carolina 8, #3 Ohio State 3 – South Carolina trailed Ohio State 2-0 until the seventh inning when the Gamecocks exploded for a five-spot and added three more in the eighth. USC had no answer for OSU starter Connor Curlis but when he left after six innings and 110 pitches, the Gamecock bats demolished the OSU pen. Carlos Cortes and Justin Rowe had three hits each. Jacob Olsen and Jonah Bride added a pair while Danny Blair homered in the 14-hit attack. Dillon Dingler homered for OSU.
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In Minneapolis, #2 UCLA scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to knock off #3 Gonzaga 6-5. The Zags led 5-2 entering the ninth but the Bruins stormed back for the day’s first magic finish.
Bush Key to LSU Regional
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Nick Bush got the call to start for LSU in their opener versus San Diego State in the Corvallis Regional. With nine game winner Ma’khail Hilliard and six game winner AJ Labas both expected to be miss the weekend with arm fatigue, the Tigers are short two key arms for the weekend. They need innings out of Bush and also it is even more important to stay in the winners’ bracket.
What did we just watch?
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It looked like a great matchup on paper. Mississippi State was playing well down the stretch. Oklahoma has a talented roster. The two starters were teammates on Team USA last year. It was the ESPNU game. This one may be 3-2, right?
Neither team pitched well enough to win but some times you just need to blow up less than the opposition. In a game that last almost five hours, Oklahoma smoked Mississippi State 20-10. Here’s the carnage: 30 runs, 34 hits, 5 errors, 17 walks, 12 pitchers were used (8 by MSU), and Oklahoma had a nine-run inning off of four different Bulldog pitchers. The Sooners did all this damage without their two top batters in outfielders Steele Walker and Kyler Murray.
For Oklahoma, they won despite getting just 3.1 innings out of ace Jake Irvin. For MSU, their ace Konnor Pilkington also lasted just 3.1 innings. The difference came with the bullpen as MSU stumbled, bumbled and fumbled. It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs, who lost their opening game to South Alabama last season in the Hattiesburg Regional before roaring back to win it, will respond after such an demoralizing loss Friday. They will face the loser to Florida State/Samford. For Oklahoma, they should be feeling confident after scoring 20 runs without their two top bats.
We Have Finals
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In the Gainesville Regional, #1 Florida 13 defeated #4 Columbia 5.
The number one national seed and defending CWS champs fell behind 3-1 early but stormed back for a comfortable victory. Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan rolled the dice with midweek starter Tommy Mace. It appeared the Gators might scuffle as they did the past two weekends but talent took over and they rolled. The freshman Mace would last only two innings and allowed six hits and three runs. Jordan Butler relived him and settled the game down with five innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Offensively, Wil Dalton led the Gators with four hits including two doubles and a home run. He also drove in six runs. Catcher Jonah Girand also homered as he filled in for injured JJ Schwarz. Jonathan India and Blake Reese also added a pair of hits each. Columbia was paced at the plate with three-hole hitter Liam McGill’s three hits. Chandler Bengtsen added a pair of hits. Florida now has their top starting pitchers available for the winners’ bracket game Saturday versus Jacksonville or FAU.
In the Conway Regional, #3 Washington 7, #2 Connecticut 1
UW starter Joe DeMers was superb in his eight inning outing. The righty worked eight innings and allowed only six hits and one run. AJ Graffinino and Levi Jordan smacked three hits apiece while Joe Wainhouse slugged his 15th home run of the season to pace Washington’s lineup. Connecticut starter Mason Feole was solid as well working seven strong innings with seven hits and 2 runs. Washington roughed up the UConn bullpen for five eighth inning runs that turned a tight game into a comfortable victory. UConn was eager to impress after just missing out on a regional host spot but never could figure out DeMers. Washington advances to take on the winner of host Coastal Carolina and LIU Brooklyn while UConn gets the loser.
In the Clemson Regional, #2 Vanderbilt 2, #3 St. John’s 0 – The Commodores scored a run in the first and added an insurance run in the fifth as they won a pitchers’ duel to open regional play. Philip Clarke had two hits and drove in the first run with a double while Jayson Gonzalez added the extra run with a home run. Vandy starter Drake Fellows allowed just three hits in his seven innings. He fanned eight and walked a pair in a 103 pitch effort. Reid Schaller worked the eighth and Chandler Day had the ninth to complete the shutout. St. John’s ace Sean Mooney pitched well but his pitch count elevated and he left after 5.2 innings (101 pitches). He allowed five hits and both runs. Joe LaSorsa relieved him and kept Vandy off the board for the final 2.1 innings. Vanderbilt is eyeing a battle with the host team Clemson who must defeat Morehead State to make that a reality.